Morning Free Association 2/18/2016

Good morning, everyone!

Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension was upheld by Gary Bettman yesterday. The NHLPA plans to file an appeal. Central to the decision was a text message from Wideman to a teammate saying, “the only problem and the only reason I’m here is cause the stupid refs and stupid media.” The upheld suspension might make Wideman a cheaper option at the trade deadline for a team that feels confident about making the playoffs already.

The Bruins are in Nashville tonight to face the Toothcats, a possible trade partner at the deadline. Nashville’s still looking for offense, so it would be nice to score lots of goals on them to show them things they would like to trade for. But if we score lots of goals on them, maybe they will think they need to improve their defense, which is what we want to do, too. Hrm…

What’s on tap?

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Miss Muse
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I just got this Tweet about how the Kings tickets prices have been slashed as they’re not charging fees and still anything in the 300s is close to $90.

Meh.

phonymahoney
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Still cheaper than here. Woof.

Miss Muse
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Oh I believe it! HOPEFULLY, the prices will go down the closer it gets to game time.

Miss Muse
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Hello all!

* It’s raining here!

* Saw the Avs game last night and it was a great night for Iggy. Can’t believe that Therrien or Bergevin or both (they all suck, AFAIC) is hanging this one all on PK. Shit happens. Even though I hate the Habs, I do like PK. I love that their season seems to be going to hell in a hand basket though.

* There was nothing I saw yesterday in the article Satan81 showed us that told me things were any more positive about re-signing Loui and I am still resigned to the idea that we’ll probably be shipping him off soon. But — BUT on a second go-through, I guess it’s more positive that they aren’t haggling over money so much as time? Maybe they’ll have to do some creative roster wrangling but that sounds like a better scene than Sweeney overturning his couches and holding bake sales to find extra money for Loui? I know TECHNICALLY it’s the same thing, gotta find enough money for 5 years as opposed to 3, for example, but it just sounds better to me that maybe they’re on the same page in terms of worth?

* Someone show me how to do bullet points, plz.

* I unfortunately won’t be around for much of the Roman Josi Lovefest Preds game as I have an appointment, but it’d be really nice to see a win. And water is wet.

* I’m probably going to return my hoodie on Monday or so and in the meantime maybe buy a Krug shirsey from Amazon or somewhere because they can’t screw THAT up, right?

* On tap is coffee, coffee cake, and whipped vanilla yogurt.

the german hammer
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Miss Muse
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Linky no worky. sad

the german hammer
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Miss Muse
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Well, I feel like a doofus now. I completely forgot about that tag. grin

I also feel:

  • silly
  • slightly embarrassed
  • but still not as bad as a Habs fan
  • johnny5
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    johnny5

    PK is so loveable. if i were gay. i would swoon. im strait and i still swoon. seems like a genuinly good hearted person i would take him on my team any day.

    Miss Muse
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    Oh hell, it’s totally fine to swoon over him in any way you want. smile

    johnny5
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    johnny5
    johnny5
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    johnny5

    figured it out. instead of writing the code i just have to past the url smile not half bad.

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    tried to post image?

    Sploosh

    UNCMedievalist
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    UNCMedievalist

    Howdy! I’m about to go Murica it up for a minute.

    My officemates are ridiculous today. Music without headphones. Chewing loudly. OK, it’s just one guy. But fuck that guy.

    phonymahoney
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    #justoneguy

    carvinbass18
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    recch

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    yea!

    TimRich88
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    TimRich88

    morning everyone. the sun is out which is nice, not looking forward to work today at all. I really need to leave like 5 minutes ago, but I still do not want to.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I hear you (but not on the pooper Carvin!). Want the day to be over and so I can be curled up on the couch.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    the sun is out! it’s nice. i also have no motivation. i’m thinking “back to bed”

    carvinbass18
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    Morning! I have zero motivation today. It’s really bad

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    i hope you all get to keep loui! if you dont isles would love him.

    Miss Muse
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    Shut up, you already have Boychuk.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    If the Isles gave us back Boychuk I would be okay with this.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I really want Boychuk back.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Please can we have Boychuk back?

    carvinbass18
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    i would like 1 johnny boychuk back please

    phonymahoney
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    I, too, would like one Johnny Boychuk, thank you very much.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    We have a couple games we play on the ice during games. If you fall, (doesn’t matter if there is contact with a player or you fall on your own) you owe your partner a beer. Also, in boring games we play wickets. If the puck goes between your feet – 1 point, if it goes through from back to front – 2 points, if you can get a player to stickhandle through your feet – three points. Winner gets beer from partner. I think you see how our games work, no?

    Miss Muse
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    I love it. I like thinking that NHL refs have something similar going on. smile

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    beer! i like it

    phonymahoney
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    Your games are super fun!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    sometimes!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Basically everybody wins because beer.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Had to DQ a kid yesterday for a two hander to an opponents head, Ouch. Also, received a heavy duty slash to the chest as I Matrixed my way out of the way of a nasty collision. I’ll take the slash after what I saw happen to those two!

    phonymahoney
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    Um, ouch!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    DQ is a game disqualification not Dairy Queen, btw.

    Miss Muse
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    You don’t reward egregious checks with soft-serve? What a monster.

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    damn

    phonymahoney
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    What happens if you get disqualified for enjoying a soft serve with jimmies on the ice? Is that a DQ DQ?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Ouch! Been curious as to your thoughts on the Wideman suspension from a ref’s point of view.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I didn’t think he meant to do it. I thought he was a little dazed and confused. Just my opinion.

    phonymahoney
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    It was just so weird, I can only imagine something screwy happened and it was really unintentional.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    I still don’t totally buy this argument. Was it a factor? Sure. But his movements look very deliberate to me.

    If he can still stand, There is no way he can ‘accidentally’ cross check someone that hard that high in a way that required a significant change in direction. The full extent of the benefit of the doubt I’m willing to give here is that he didn’t realize he was hitting a ref, not that he didn’t know he was throwing a vicious high cross check to someone and that’s frankly not good enough.

    Plus that super incriminating text message cited by Bettman.

    Miss Muse
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    Not sure what I think about being given access to text messages, though those certainly did not help his case.

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    so i think you have to enforce the suspension cause a line needs to be drawn, cant be any gray area when it comes to hitting refs. that being said i think he could have been super angry about being hit and thought he was going to hit the player no one will know what went on his head but him though, concussions can really cause confusion but we wont ever really know.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Agreed. No gray areas when it comes to protecting the refs (and their authority). You can’t let it become “open season” on the guys whose job it is to preserve (the illusion of) order.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Was just chatting to Satan81 about this. Too slippery of a slope to lead to players hitting refs and claiming concussion.

    phonymahoney
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    Yup, exactly. I do think there’s more to it than Wides just hitting the ref, but I also think this needs to be upheld.

    phonymahoney
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    I get it, I really do, and I hate the crowd that’s constantly diagnosing concussioins (“Marchand punched Landeskog because he was concussed and that makes you aggressive” – no, he was fucking mad), BUT it was just so strange that I can’t help but think something was up.

    Miss Muse
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    I just love Landeskog’s telling of those events “I went over to ask if he was all right and I got punched in the head, so I guess he was.”

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    That linesman fell like Mike Ribeiro in his hay day.

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    lol

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Morning All! Today’s game cancelled, so no return to the Empire State today..Yay! Still have a double in Danbury tonight (meh). Coffee with all the bourbon!

    phonymahoney
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    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Big day for me
    * New work computer
    * Skype interview for a benefits consulting company at 1pm
    * Rec league hockey game tonight against our rivals/ friends the Orange team. With three games to go, neither of us want to finish in last place, even though all four teams make the playoffs.
    * I told my brother I want to move out and get a place of my own.

    Miss Muse
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    Good luck with the interview!
    How’d your brother take the news?

    johnny5
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    johnny5

    KICK SOME ASS

    phonymahoney
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    * Sweet
    * Good luck, sir!
    * Two ways to win, per Coach Bombay: take the fall, act hurt, get indignant OR 1..2..3.. triple deke.
    * Awesome. Was the Chobemesiter cool?

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